NEW YORK - Dan Uggla set an All-Star record no player wants to have.
The Marlins second baseman became the first player to make three errors in the game’s history, booting two in the 10th and one in the 13th as the American League beat the National League 4-3 in 15 innings Tuesday night.
Uggla, better known for his power stroke than his fielding, entered the game as a replacement for Philadelphia’s Chase Utley in the sixth and didn’t have a groundball hit to him until the 10th inning when he missed Michael Young’s leadoff grounder. He made his second miscue one play later, mishandling an easy chance on Carlos Quentin’s groundball.
“Especially here in New York, that was my biggest fear, because you know they’ll be all over you,” San Diego first baseman Adrian Gonzalez said. “I think he’ll put it behind him.”
Uggla made amends, albeit shakily, when with a drawn-in infield and the bases loaded he corralled Grady Sizemore’s groundball and threw home for the forceout.
The record error came in the 13th when J.D. Drew’s bouncer took a sharp hop and hit off his glove.
“He had a couple of hops that just ate him up. It’s just one of those days,” Dodgers catcher Russell Martin said. “I’m sure he’ll be a little bit bitter.”
Nomar Garciaparra was the last player to make two errors — in the 2000 All-Star Game. Former Yankees second baseman Willie Randolph was the last player before Garciaparra to boot two.
Uggla, hitting .286 with 23 homers and 59 RBIs, could not find solace at the plate, either. He went 0-for-4 with three strikeouts and grounded into a double play against Mariano Rivera with runners on first and third to end the 10th inning.
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Matt Holliday hit a solo homer for the National league, with Lance Berkman and Adrian Gonzalez also driving in a run. The NL held a 2-0 lead until J.D. Drew (the game's MVP) hit a two-run homer to tie the game, and the NL went back up one before Evan Longoria's RBI ground rule double sent the game to extras. After Brad Lidge walked the bases loaded in the bottom of the 15th, Michael Young hit a sacrifice fly that drove in Justin Morneau for the game winner. It's the second time he's won the game in the past three years. Dan Uggla gets special mention for making three errors (an All-Star record) and going 0-for-4 with three strikeouts. The National League has not won the game since Hanley Ramirez was 12 years old.
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